Animism, curated by Anselm Franke, concerned “the role of aesthetic processes in the drawing of the boundaries between humans and things, the animate and the inanimate.” 

It opened in Antwerp at the Extra City kunsthal and the M KHA contemporary museum, before arriving at the Kunsthalle Bern over the summer, and later goes to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the Generali Foundation in Vienna. Reviews by Burkhard Meltzer for Frieze, Sam Steverlynck for ArtReview, Christophe van Eecke for Metropolis M, and Elke Segers for UrbanMag.

There were lectures: Esther Leslie, “Petrified Unrest,” on “the borders between nature and culture through animation, and… the debates around renaturalization of the artificial through biotechnologies,” and Laurent Mannoni (author of Great Art of Light and Shadow: Archaeology of the Cinema), on “the work and legacy of Etienne-Jules Marey and his méthode graphique.”

The catalog, from Sternberg (at RAM), includes:

  • Agency, “Assembly (Animism)”
  • Angela Melitopoulos and Maurizio Lazzarato, “Machinic Animism”
  • Anselm Franke, “Much Trouble in the Transportation of Souls, or: The Sudden Disorganization of Boundaries”
  • Avery F. Gordon, “Execution of Czolgosz, with Panorama of Auburn Prison (1901)”
  • Bart De Baere, “On Atmosphere and a capital A”
  • Brigid Doherty, “Animated Origins, Origins of Animation”
  • Bruno Latour and Anselm Franke, “Angels Without Wings: A conversation”
  • Darius James, “Uncle Snookum’s Astral Odditorium & Psychic Haberdashery: Sun Ra & The Occult”
  • Didier Demorcy, “Vital Phantasy”
  • Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Exchanging Perspectives – The Transformation of Objects into Subjects in Amerindian Ontologies”
  • Edwin Carels, “Biometry and Antibodies Modernizing – Animation/Animating Modernity”
  • Erhard Schüttpelz, “Animism meets Spiritualism: Edward Tylor’s ‘Spirit Attack,’ London 1872”
  • Florian Schneider, “Theses on the Concept of the Digital Simulacrum”
  • Gertrud Koch, “On Wanting to be an Animal: Human-Animal Metamorphoses in Nietzsche and Canetti”
  • Henri Michaux, “Still More Changes”
  • Irene Albers, “‘Les lettres du blanc sur les bandes du vieux pillard’: Raymond Roussel’s Animism of Language”
  • Joachim Koester, “To Navigate, in a Genuine Way, in the Unknown Necessitates an Attitude of Daring, but not one of Recklessness (Movements Generated from the Magical Passes of Carlos Castaneda)”
  • Martin Zillinger, “Passionate Choreographies Mediatized. On Camels, Lions and their Domestication among the ‘Isāwa in Morocco”
  • Masato Fukushima, “Anima’s Silent Repatriation: Reconsidering Animism in the Contemporary World”
  • Michael Taussig, “Animism and the Philosophy of Everyday Life”
  • Oksana Bulgakowa, “Disney as a Utopian Dreamer”
  • Philippe Pirotte, “Absentminded Wandering through an Indeterminate Maze of Intentionality”
  • Richard William Hill, “The Dangers of Petrification, or ‘The Work of Art and the Ages of Mineral Reproduction'”
  • Santu Mofokeng, “Chasing Shadows”
  • Sergei Eisenstein, “Disney”
  • Vivian Liska, “The Uprising of Things”